Florida education news: School security, music lessons, teacher evaluations and more
SCHOOL SECURITY: Hillsborough's school police chief steps down as the district embarks upon an ambitious plan to expand the department.
AGREEMENT REACHED: The Hillsborough School Board votes to pay $500,000 to the family of a girl with autism who drowned behind her school after walking away from class.
INSPIRATION: The Patel Conservatory hires a music therapist to instruct students with special needs.
TEACHER EVALUATIONS: Florida's evaluation model holds almost no one accountable and should be replaced, the Times editorializes. • Another year of nearly all Florida teachers being rated as effective or better leads to questions of whether the system is flawed, the Florida Times-Union reports. • The state needs evaluations that inform people rather than confusing them, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
SMALL SAMPLE: Alachua officials note that none of their students took the PISA tests that are being used to compare students internationally, the Gainesville Sun reports.
HIGH TECH: A private middle/high school becomes Brevard's first campus to fully move from paper to tablet technology for all students, Florida Today reports.
NO SMOKING: The College of Central Florida adopts one of the nation's strictest anti-tobacco policies, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Florida Polytechnic University opens its first building and begins welcoming visitors, the Ledger reports.
IN THE HOLE: A larger percentage of Florida college students are graduating with debt, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.